England v India, Champions Trophy, final, Edgbaston

Top-class top order v new-ball firepower

India's top-order batting has been the biggest success story of the tournament, but on Sunday they'll be up against an incisive fast-bowling attack

S Rajesh

June 22, 2013

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Shikhar Dhawan celebrates his second consecutive ODI century, India v West Indies, Champions Trophy, Group B, The Oval, June 11, 2013
India's top-order batting, led by Shikhar Dhawan, has been the biggest success story of the tournament © Getty Images

Whichever way you look at it, India and England have been the two best teams in the 2013 Champions Trophy. India have won all four of their matches; England have won three and lost one - these two are the only sides in the tournament who've won more games than they've lost. India's average of 65.46 runs per wicket is by far the best of all teams in the tournament, while England's 35 is comfortably the second-best; ditto with the run rates of 5.93 (India) and 5.65 (England). As a bowling unit, India have taken the most wickets in the tournament - 37 - followed by England's 30. The difference between the run rate and the economy rate is 1.27 for India, the highest, and next-best for England (0.32). It's only fair that these two teams will compete for the right to be called the champions of the last edition of the Champions Trophy.

India's top-order batting has been the biggest success story of the tournament. Shikhar Dhawan has already amassed 332 runs in four innings - the third-highest by any batsman in any edition of the Champions Trophy - and has scored two out of three centuries in this tournament. India's batsmen have also accounted for three of the seven century stands in the tournament so far - two by the openers Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, and one by Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik.

England's top three haven't been as prolific, but they've also all been among the runs. Jonathan Trott has scored 209 runs - the third-highest in the tournament - at a strike rate of amost 90, which aren't bad stats for a batsman who supposedly can't score his runs quickly, while Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, the openers, have three fifties between them. England's middle order is in form too, with Joe Root looking impressive almost every time he has come out to bat in scoring 166 in four innings, while Ravi Bopara has been explosive at the finish, scoring 88 runs off only 61 balls in the tournament.

The flip side of the smashing form for India's top three is the fact that the rest of their batsmen have hardly had a bat. Karthik has faced 84 balls in the entire tournament, Ravindra Jadeja 29, MS Dhoni 26, and Suresh Raina 10. India's top three have accounted for 78% of the bat runs for India; the corresponding percentage for England is 59. It's fair to say that India's middle order hasn't been tested yet, and Sunday could well be an occasion for them to prove their worth.

England and India in Champions Trophy 2013
Team Won/ lost Bat ave Run rate Bowl ave Econ rate 100s/ 50s 100/ 50 p'ships
India 4/ 0 65.46 5.93 23.89 4.66 2/ 5 3/ 4
England 3/ 1 35.00 5.65 28.40 5.33 0/ 6 2/ 5
England and Indian batsmen in the Champions Trophy
Batsman Innings Runs Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s
Shikhar Dhawan 4 332 110.67 99.40 2/ 1
Jonathan Trott 4 209 69.67 89.69 0/ 2
Rohit Sharma 4 168 42.00 76.71 0/ 2
Joe Root 4 166 41.50 90.71 0/ 1
Alastair Cook 4 159 39.75 81.53 0/ 2
Ian Bell 4 141 35.25 74.21 0/ 1
Virat Kohli 4 133 66.50 88.66 0/ 1
Ravi Bopara 3 88 88.00 144.26 0/ 0
Nos.1-3 for India and England in the Champions Trophy
Team Innings Runs Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s % of team runs*
India 12 633 70.33 90.04 2/ 4 78.24
England 12 509 46.27 82.36 0/ 5 58.98
* Bat runs only

The bowling comparison
As a bowling unit, there isn't much to choose between the two sides. England's bowlers had one poor game, when they completely dominated by Kumar Sangakkara, while India conceded more than 300 against South Africa (though they won that one). India's bowlers have taken more wickets at a better average and economy rate, thanks largely to their spinners. Led by Jadeja, India's spin attack has taken 16 wickets at an average of 20.75 and an economy rate of 4.15, figures which even the most optimistic Indian fan wouldn't have bargained for in June in England.

England's star in the bowling department has been James Anderson. He has taken twice as many wickets as the next-best for England, while his economy rate has been outstanding as well. India's most consistent seamer has been Bhuvneshwar Kumar: his 32 overs have gone at only 3.68 per over, though Ishant Sharma is the leading wicket-taker with eight. The disappointment for India has been Umesh Yadav, who has leaked plenty of runs after taking a five-for against Australia in one of the warm-up games. Similarly, Tim Bresnan has been the most expensive among the regular bowlers for England, going at almost a run a ball.

Pace and spin bowling stats for India and England in the Champions Trophy
  Pace Spin Overall
Team Wkts Ave Econ Wkts Ave Econ Wkts Ave Econ
India 17 31.88 4.94 16 20.75 4.15 33 26.48 4.60
England 23 26.52 5.17 6 36.00 5.14 29 28.48 5.16
Indian and England bowlers in the tournament so far
Bowler Overs Wickets Average Econ rate
James Anderson 33 10 12.70 3.84
Ravindra Jadeja 37 10 13.00 3.51
Ishant Sharma 34 8 22.75 5.35
R Ashwin 37 6 27.67 4.48
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 32 6 19.67 3.68
Stuart Broad 31.5 5 35.40 5.56

The Powerplay factor
India's openers have been so strong that the team hasn't yet lost a wicket in the mandatory Powerplays, making scores of 66, 53, 45 and 40 - all without loss - at the ten-over mark in their four matches so far. England's top order has done pretty well too, but it's their bowling at the start which has stood out: they've taken six wickets in the mandatory Powerplay overs, and have conceded only 4.14 runs per over. On Sunday, they'll be up against the best top order of the tournament, and how that mini-battle turns out could well determine the outcome of the final.

In the batting Powerplay, India have the better numbers with both bat and ball. Most teams have lost plenty of wickets during this period, which has impacted their ability to score quickly, but India aren't one of those sides: they've lost only two wickets, and their run rate is the second-best (after New Zealand) among all teams during this period. England, on the other hand, have lost five wickets in 87 balls during the batting Powerplay.

England and India in the mandatory Powerplay, with bat and ball
  Batting Bowling
Team Runs/ Balls Average Run rate Runs/ balls Average Econ rate
India 204/ 228 - 5.36 201/ 240 40.20 5.02
England 164/ 210 54.67 4.68 145/ 210 24.16 4.14
England and India in the batting Powerplay, with bat and ball
  Batting Bowling
Team Runs/ Balls Average Run rate Runs/ Balls Average Econ rate
India 69/ 55 34.50 7.52 90/ 102 22.50 5.29
England 98/ 87 19.60 6.75 112/ 102 28.00 6.58

England's strong home record
England's one advantage, though, is their head-to-head record against India at home in the last nine years. In their last 15 such games - going back to 2004 - they have a 9-4 win-loss record, including three wins in the 2011 bilateral series.

India have had a few setbacks against England in their recent encounters, but in the only tournament final played between these two teams in ODIs, India came out on top in a memorable match, when they chased down 326 at Lord's in 2002. Come Sunday, and England will want to set that record straight.

England v India in ODIs
  Matches Ind won Eng won Tie/ NR
Overall 86 46 35 2/ 3
In England 33 11 18 1/ 3
Since 2004 in England 15 4 9 1/ 1
Tournament final 1 1 0 0

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Posted by LovedFansofIndianCricket on (June 23, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

@ GRVJPR. Sir, I did not mean that the WC win only due to Indian player know personally Srilankan player. There are many factors behind that great win. I am comparing that win and this CT. England is more strong opponent in English condition than any other country in Indian condition against Ind. Sorry mate, if it means different.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 8:16 GMT)

we are expecting R aswin and R jadeja will make easy to win CT, apart from batting moustach Dhawan,Rohit, stylish V Kohli,Blaster Raina,sensible Dinesh and the Finishing touch of Captain D. Early break through from Kumar, Yadav and Ishant. ALL THE VERY BEST TO TEAM INDIA, BRING AND BREAK THE RECORDS OF CT.

Posted by JustIPL on (June 23, 2013, 7:59 GMT)

I am sure England will not let it go this time. If it is the last CT then should be won by England being the fathers of cricket. Also, Anglo-Indian rivalry is the most real of the recent times. England making impression both at home and in India while new look india performing after shedding some players who were more of a liability than reward. Also, english players largely avoid IPL so taking over them will not be that easy as it was for Australia, SL WI, or SA as Indian players will not be used to against them. Also bouncers from Anderson, Broad and Finn will make definite difference which will break the dominance of Rohhit, Dhawan, Kohli and the rest. Just english have to avoid Bopara bowling. Swann and Tredwell both will be needed. If india bowl first then english have to face the swing of indian quickmen and then spin attack.

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 23, 2013, 7:14 GMT)

@DudeDesi It seems you are eagerly waiting for failure of Indian young openers so that you can push you case of sachin tendulkar comeback. I am spechless, you have become jealous of these two performing well. It's a real shame how people can't digest the youngsters success, it happens only in India.

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 23, 2013, 7:12 GMT)

@LovedFansofIndianCricket What do you mean by saying that Indian players know the sri lankans well and that contributed to WC 2011 win. If that is the case then Sri lankan team also know about the Indian team as much as Indians do. It's illogical really to say that win was a result of knowing each other.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

india will rock today...................

Posted by Cricket_Allrounder on (June 23, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

'England has the best bowling attack' - why do most people say this?? Nice article, See the overall bowling record of both the team.. Best in the sense, bowlers should perform in whatever conditions they are put into.. u all still rem what Sri Lankans did to England bowling this season.. The so called best bowler Anderson went for 50 in 10 overs.. I would rather say England is the team with some good and not the best players.. But definitely India has the best batting line up.. Everyone in Indian team can bat.. Right now compared to other teams, Tail enders can probably hang in there for more time..

I don't see a chance of England winning this until and unless India have a bad day!!

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 6:02 GMT)

don't forget that indian fielding is very good. England have to work hard for the run

Posted by LovedFansofIndianCricket on (June 23, 2013, 6:01 GMT)

It is not good thing to break the winning combination. But I think if we include Irfan or Vinay instead of Yadav. But in this stage it may be dangerous. But this final is great challenge to young indian team. I think they face tough challenge than WC 2011. Because it happened in Sub continent. Indian team knows condition better. It faced Srilanka more than anyone else. They know many Srilankan player personally very well(due to IPL). And SRT is in team and also he is best man to motivate youngsters. But this time we play in England. No SRT and Garry in the team to motivate youngsters. England have best attack and knows condition very well than Ind. But India has best fielding unit. I am big fan of Rohith and also best critics of Rohith. Pls Rohith don't throw your wicket in the Rush of blood. You are the best batsman in English condition than Virat. Pls take a leaf of Virat to build the Innings and try to win CT for India. All the best to Dhoni.

Posted by   on (June 23, 2013, 5:32 GMT)

Going by the performance numbers in this edition of the CT, India looks a clear winner outperforming England on most counts. But in a clash of completely contrasting styles - irresistible force v immoveable object? - the path to the ultimate denouement is likely to be strewn with tantalizing twists. Not good for heart if you are a passionate supporter of either side. But a mouthwatering prospect if you just sit back and enjoy the unfolding game. Ah, water! The damp squib can be the weather. Hope Duckworth is not let Lewis on this final.

Posted by mk49_van on (June 23, 2013, 1:59 GMT)

If India can negotiate Anderson with ease they will win. If they lose wickets to him they will lose, and lose badly.

Posted by TRAM on (June 23, 2013, 1:18 GMT)

@vrkp, nice comparison. Isn't that series CoC'85 a memorable one!! @AvidCricFan, it is a good point you mentioned that "the Indian batting excelled (more because,) they had to bat against low scores created by their economical bowlers". Very true. I would like to add the Indian bowling excelled more because of great fielding by India. I wouldn't call this Indian team the best close-in fielders (Raina being the only great close-in fielder). But this has to be one of the best *ground fielders* with Raina, Jadeja, Kholi, DKarthik, RSharma. They improve the bowlers' economy and reduce opponent's net score. I wish others in Indian team are good fielders as well !. Intentionally or not, the selectors have picked young *and good fielders* !

Posted by GrumpiusMaximus on (June 22, 2013, 23:19 GMT)

I'm an England fan, so obviously I have a vested interest in England winning but India are - at least statistically - favourites. All the bemoaning of Trott in recent weeks has been tiresome and his record clearly demonstrates that he is a force to be feared. Trott's emphasis on keeping his wicket early in his innings and 'catching' the run-rate later has worked very well. The only caveat is that if he gets out after forty balls or fewer then his strike rate will look poor.

India's overall batting lineup has been impressive but so have their bowlers. You cannot reach the final of an international tournament without both contributing to the effort. Jadeja has been the surprise package - although less of a surprise if you remember England's recent tour of India where he was in parts, outstanding.

It should be a good match and if both teams play well, it may be close. India are probably favourites but England are far from weak opposition.

Posted by   on (June 22, 2013, 19:54 GMT)

B. Kumar, U. Yadav and I. Sharma bowled a beautiful spell during the first 10 overs of the game against Sri Lanka. It was like watching an entirely different bowling unit and their effort was rewarded by 3 early wickets. With both Jadeja and Ashwin backing up the pace attack, and Eng only having perhaps one decent spin bowler this should make for a very exciting game indeed. However, if the Indian seamers default back into their inferior short balls then its a win for Eng.

Posted by DudeDesi on (June 22, 2013, 18:33 GMT)

Remains to be seen if Shikar Dhawan will fire in the final. He kept firing in the (U19) 2004 WC until India met Pakistan in the semi-final and he flopped, triggering a collapse. Also at the top order is Rohit Sharma who also flopped in the (U19) 2006 WC Final to Pakistan, triggering an even bigger collapse.

Everyone blames Sachin for getting India into so many Finals and India losing them because of his failing to hit a huge score in those Tournament Finals , forgetting his contribution up to that point.

We will see tomorrow if these two will post big scores and help India win and throw their (respective junior WC failures) monkeys off their back or if they will be dismissed early and continue India's legacy of losing in many finals.

It will be an interesting test of their attitude, temperament and luck as it will be a test of their of their skill.

Posted by josphe on (June 22, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

I think that the English fast bowlers should try targeting Darwan with the short ball..I have watched the previous games and it is clear that he doesnt play it too well..Twice in this tournament so far vs WI and S.A he was dropped hooking..I think it would be a good ploy.

Posted by   on (June 22, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

Yes it brings me the memory of 1985 B&H Cup. India played like a champion from match one. Yes they won 1983 WC and 2007, 2011 they lost few matches struggled in few other matches. But in this Championship they are playing like champions once again. Will be very very Happy if they bring the Cup home. Let us wait for a day

Posted by ballsintherightareas on (June 22, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

Seems to me England are slight favourites due to their superior record when playing at home, but not by much so could be good match. Great article!

Posted by somethingdifferent on (June 22, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

Contrary to many predictions Indian Top order has performed extremely well and may well prove the deciding factor in the finals as well. Their bowling has also been very disciplined and the so called lack of batting opportunities for middle order are no more than speculations as Dhoni & co are capable of performing without enough outings so far. On the contrary england's middle order is their weak link with under performing Morgan and Butlar and over reliance on Bopara to provide the final burst every time.

Posted by AamanSomani on (June 22, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

It will be a test for both the sides. As we know the Indian openers have been a great success in this tournament, but the England bowling line-up is also very strong with Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, James Tredwell,etc. Whatever happens, but it will be a cracker final and may the better team win.(But wish that India win).

Posted by   on (June 22, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

If India bowls first - INDIA WINS if India bats first- negotiate first 10 overs then smash them all over park and later make eng dance on tunes of jadeja.Cmmon India lift the cup, expecting big score from rohit

Posted by AvidCricFan on (June 22, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

Its not a match with Indian batting and England bowling. Indian bowling overall has been very effective in this tournament. In three of the four matches India played, the opponents have been restricted to under or around 200 total. This is one of the primary reason, the Indian batting excelled. Most of the time they had to bat without much pressure. This is the first tournament where the Indian fielding is consistently of high standards and performing as equals to the best fielding side. England's biggest advantage is familiarity of home conditions. Had this tournament been elsewhere, I am not sure they would have advanced this far.

Posted by   on (June 22, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

@ Gopaul Rampersaud The England Team were practicing the Technique of how bat well and how to get the opposition out behind the doors and made sure their Bowlers did not get injured during any practice games. England have prepared well for the Champions Trophy and were the favorites to win the Cup ! Sunday will show which team.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (June 22, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

ha ha ha Wait my Indian fans...

Posted by   on (June 22, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

India has entered the tournament as heavy favourites. Is there anyone who thought England as favourites at the beginning? England will be experiencing more pressure to win at home. India on the other hand will not only win but wants to prove they are better than England IN England with all the hype about English conditions etc. lastly, what were the English players doing during the IPL when India's best were fine tuning their skills? So as England losesthis final, they will reconsider playing in the IPL next year.

Posted by Babuthomas on (June 22, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

"Come Sunday, and England will want to set that record straight." What to do? After Sunday England need many more years to set two final losses straight.

Posted by vrkp on (June 22, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

The last time India was completely dominant in any 50 overs tournement was when playing the champion of champions trophy in Aus 84-85.

while we might have won WC twice and T20 once, those teams had faced difficult situations and lost one or two matches also. But the CT13 has lot of things similar to the CoC in 85.

For Dhawan, we had srikant who gave fiery starts, For Ravi Jadeja, we had another Ravi (shastri) who was a bowling AR. Dhoni - Viswanant (terrific wk), L Siva - R Ashwin.

Hopefully, like in 85 we win this time also.

Posted by Cryptonian on (June 22, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

Looking at the current form and the quality of players in the teams I am almost certain that India will bulldoze England aside and lift the trophy. One reason being that England are too obsessed with Ashes and they overlook the task at hand and the fact being that England have never ever won any major 50 overs tournament.

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 22, 2013, 10:40 GMT)

These stats clearly shows that apart from anderson there is no one to strike for england in middle overs. Wickets taken by Indian bowlers are nicely distributed between seamers and spinners.

Posted by   on (June 22, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

India Strong in all three department batting, bowling and fielding, so no comparison with England

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 22, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

Who says indian bowling is not good. Stats says the true story. They are miles ahead of other teams in all departments.

Posted by Rock-Rock on (June 22, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

Clearly India did well in both Batting and Bowling departments. Anderson will be key. If India can crack his bowling, MS Dhoni will become only captain to have lifted all major tournaments he has captained in all three formats (Including IPL and Champions League). Rare achievement for India and Indian captain who are usually not known as dominant team. Btw, the heading of the article does not suit well with the statistics. India did better than England in both batting and bowling departments in the tournament till now.

Posted by   on (June 22, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

The final of Ind vs England is going to be very exciting and that too when india is performing brilliantly in the English Summers. If we talk about Cook vs Dhoni, then Dhoni certainly and unpartially is best. The likes of Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Jadeja, Raina, Dhoni will make Indian batting very strong. All the bowlers including spinners R. Ashwin and Sir Jadeja are doing incredibly well. India's Fielding unit is the best in the CT2013. Talking about England, batting has to click if England wants to win. Hope we see Jaddu and Dhawan twirling their moustache tomorrow. and my best of luck to both the teams.

Posted by   on (June 22, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

What I see from this stats is that India is comfortably the better side and very much in form. I expect England to give a tough fight but with India's batting prowess and effective bowling, there is a very little chance for England dominating any part of the game (including fielding). India's middle order is very dependable. They had plenty of practice in warm ups. Raina, Kohli, Dhoni, Karthik and Jadeja are better batsman then Trott, Root, Bopara et al. India should win very very comfortably unless they show any complacency. They need to continue playing with the same confidence and swagger. If India losses tomorrow, it will definitely be an upset. Good luck!

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